May 9, 2016


When foreign traveler friends plan to visit the Philippines and ask me what Filipino dishes I would recommend, in a heartbeat, I would enumerate some of my favorites – Adobo, Bagnet, Sinigang, Kare-Kare and the celebratory Lechon.

As my mom and I were planning for our Sunday lunch it dawned on me, why haven’t I suggested the rich tomato-based pork dish that my family enjoy during weekend lunch at home? Trying to recall all the restaurants that I have been dining all throughout these years, I asked myself where I had this splendid dish in a restaurant. After several minutes of pondering, I could not remember where and that was probably the reason why I have not mentioned this to my travel friends. To think, this Filipino dish is so colorful and easy to make with vegetables to boot.

So if you are in search for some good ol’ Filipino dish whip up this PINOY FOOD RECIPE : PORK MENUDO. If you’re traveling around the Philippines and end up choosing a place with your own or a common kitchen, you know what to cook! Plus it is so much affordable instead of dining at restaurants.

Ingredients :
*Scroll down for Cooking Tips

1 Kg. Pork (cubed)

2 Large Pcs. White Onions (chopped, about 2cups)

1 Head Garlic (minced)

3 Medium Potatoes (diced)

2 Medium Carrots (diced)

1 Large Bell Pepper (diced, about 1cup)

250 grams Spaghetti Sauce

¼ or ½ Cup Premium Soy Sauce (depending on how salty you eat)

1 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

9 to 10 Cups Boiled Water (or pork broth)

Ground Black Pepper, to taste

Cayenne Powder (optional)

Procedure :

1)   Sauté onions until translucent then add garlic, continue to sauté until garlic turns golden and more aromatic.

2)    Add pork on top of onions and garlic. Cover for a few minutes then sauté.

3)    Add ¼ cup of spaghetti sauce, potatoes, carrots, ¼ cup bell pepper and a dash of black pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes (just to bring the flavors together).

4)    Pour 6 cups of water and 2T soy sauce. Bring to a boil.

5)    Add more water, soy sauce and black pepper as needed. Continue to boil for about 1 hour or until pork is tender.

6)  Once pork and vegetables are tender, pour the remaining spaghetti sauce, Worcestershire sauce, bell pepper and black pepper. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes and stir sporadically to avoid sticking to pan.

7)   Turn off heat as the sauce thickens. Transfer to a platter or bowl, garnish as desired and serve while hot.

Now the next time you think of Filipino cuisine, think of this PINOY FOOD RECIPE : PORK MENUDO. No need to look for an authentic Filipino restaurant as you can just whip this up in your homey kitchen for your family to enjoy.

Cooking Tips :
Get the freshest quality ingredients when buying meat and produce. The success of your dish is largely dependent on quality ingredients no matter how good a cook or chef you are.

When waiting for the pork to be tender, check potatoes and carrots. If the vegetables cook faster, transfer them to a bowl while the pork continues to boil.

Soak potatoes in water with a dash of salt to avoid browning.

I use Spaghetti sauce in my Pork Menudo. Most often, tomato sauce is used.

There are menudo recipes that uses chicken or pork liver. You can opt to add them if you wish.

If you LOVE food and easy to whip up recipes to cook for your friends and family, looking for delicious food and awesome travel inspirations then follow me at Instagram as I often share easy recipes, food discoveries and stunning travel destinations via @eattoyourheartscontent.

This PINOY FOOD RECIPE : PORK MENUDO is part of my Monday Madness here at Eat To Your Heart’s Content.

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Pie Rivera is a former food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine and a freelance food & travel writer for local magazines and online travel communities. She is a TV producer and creative director by day and w
anderlust at heart.

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